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DHL enhances LCL service offerings from Osaka

Opens ocean freight terminal in Osaka and introduces new LCL services from Osaka to Hong Kong

Singapore, 30 April 2010: DHL, the world's leading logistics company, enhanced its ocean freight transportation network in the Far East by opening a new ocean freight terminal in the Port of Osaka and launching new weekly direct Less than Container Load[1] (LCL) services from Osaka to Hong Kong, DHL’s multinational gateway.

Operated by Danmar Lines, DHL’s in-house carrier, these new direct LCL services from Osaka offer enhanced convenience, cost efficiency and shorter transit times to customers throughout Kansai, particularly from Osaka since until now, LCL loading in Japan’s Kansai region had been conducted at the Port of Kobe. Shipments from Osaka are transported to DHL’s multinational gateway in Hong Kong for global distribution, connecting to the key markets including the Mediterranean, Europe and Middle East.

Besides delivering transit time savings, the new services also offer enhanced security and monitoring of cargo for faster, safer, and more secure transportation. Customers will also benefit from the convenience of the LCL Web Booking, an online service on the company’s Japanese website that enables customers to consolidate shipments or export via ocean freight quickly and easily.

Daigo Seki, General Manager of Ocean Freight Japan, DHL Global Forwarding Japan, said, “Demand for global logistics services is extremely high in the Kansai area, particularly in Osaka which is a major manufacturing base for electronics, textiles, apparel, general machinery, metal machinery and other heavy industries. The opening of the new ocean freight terminal in Osaka and introduction of new direct LCL services will further boost our capabilities and help businesses in Japan extend their footprint into Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe and Middle East in a cost-effective manner. By operating the world’s largest LCL network, DHL will continue to meet the transportation needs of all customers in the Kansai region.”

Clas Thorell, Head of LCL Management Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “We are continuing to expand our DHL-operated LCL direct routes to better connect Asia to major cities throughout the world. By strengthening services between Japan and high-growth trade lanes in Asia with the Mediterranean, Europe and Middle East, we are further solidifying our leadership position in in-house LCL services, which remains an important transportation option.”

As a global LCL leader, DHL carries more than 97% of its total volume in house. With its in-house systems and a strong global network that handles close to 2,000,000 cubic meters of LCL freight annually via 45,000 point-pairs, DHL is able to effectively manage cargo flow, information flow, speed, accuracy, cost efficiency and reliability.

DHL’s LCL services extend beyond port-to-port-only transport to offer complete end-to-end supply chain management, including pick-up at origin, consolidation and deconsolidation, delivery at destination and customs clearance. All LCL services are supported with DHL Track & Trace and other first-class IT solutions that keep cargo fully visible throughout the supply chain.

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